Happy Sunday and first day of December! I hope everyone’s had a lovely Thanksgiving! This post reflects on what’s happened lately and express how grateful I am for them. It’s so easy to get lost in our everyday stresses that we don’t have time to count our blessings. It’s important to regularly do that, as it makes us more content overall!
I’m Grateful For …
My Close Family
I’m grateful for having the family I have, as crazy as they all are.
My boyfriend Victor is one of the biggest blessings in my life and I can’t imagine how life would be without him. He came into my life over two years ago through chatting over Discord and I would’ve never imagined that’s how I’d meet my first boyfriend. Long-distance relationships are hard (but there are benefits, and I outlined them in an older post) but Victor makes it seem much easier, with our constant communication and similar mindset.
He doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable when I express a view that may be different from his or when I want to vent about something personal. Victor grounds me when I’m feeling too overwhelmed with life and reminds me everything will be okay. Victor, thank you for your constant support, encouragement, and love.
My mom is so high-strung and overprotective but she just loves me a lot and wants the best for me. Sometimes I feel like I’m being held under a microscope, but I still appreciate having someone always watching my back. She has a lot of experiences and lessons to share with me, which I find invaluable. Although I may not always express that I appreciate them, I really do. Thanks mom!
Other relatives. My mom belongs to a big family of ten who mostly still live in the Philippines. When I was a little kid, I remember I’d often play with a bunch of my cousins, who are similar in age. I couldn’t make it to one of my cousin’s wedding in November, but I’m grateful that I recently got to meet up with my other cousin in NYC. I actually thought I wouldn’t have any plans for Thanksgiving, but we ended up catching up over dinner in the city. What a surprise that was!
I got to spend time with my other cousins, which felt really great. I actually live with one of my cousins, but our busy schedules make it so that we barely have time to talk. My other cousin (her older brother) had moved out years ago. He and his wife live a good forty minutes (if not more) away from where we are. Schedules are once again hard to coordinate.
Because we were all going to meet up with our other cousin, we got to hang out at their apartment for a bit. When we came home from eating out, we got to hang some more at their place and play games. After being cooped up at home and stressing out over school / work, it was nice to relax and spend time with family. I actually realized how fun it could be to hang with them! It’s kind of sad but that’s the reality when everyone has their own busy schedule.
I’m hoping I’ll be able to do this again more often in the future. Also, look at how amazing the view from their apartment is! I really hope I’ll be able to live in an awesome place like this!
All the Times I’ve Been Treated When Going Out To Eat
I don’t go out to eat that much. I would say maybe ten to twelve times in a year? About half (or close to half) of that amount is when someone treats me to food. I love eating out and I’m so thankful for the people in my life that are generous enough to pay for me.
I was actually expecting to pay for my own food when I went out to eat at Sup Crab with my cousins for Thanksgiving, but Kathleen and her husband paid. The food was so good, and the ambience was great.
I’m not a HUGE seafood person, but I did have some pork buns, scallion pancakes, and lobster. We all forgot to take pictures of the food and we realized it after we ate it all!
Pretty Little Things Like Decor
I love it when places or things are decorated well. It’s one of the reasons why I love Christmas so much! After having dinner at Sup Crab, my cousins (who live here) and I departed from Kathleen and her husband and made our way to WTC Mall. I’ve never been inside during the holidays (or at night) but it was soo beautiful!
I was wrapped up in the cute decorations and props they had in the middle of the store and nearly lost sight of my cousins.
My cousin and I took pictures in front of them. She did a really good job with taking pictures of me, but I was terrible (I’m really sorry). Shows you who the better Instagrammer is in the family, huh?
Pretty things like these just make me really happy, and I’m thankful for having such beautiful things to look at and appreciate.
Going Back To School
I still dislike the stress of due dates and tests and whatnot, but I’m grateful for deciding to return to school. I’m pursuing something I like 100x better, and for the most part, I’m enjoying myself. My one design / drawing class is really making me push myself out of my comfort zone and helping me see that I have more potential than I thought I had. I never thought I’d be able to pieces of art like these.
For those of you who commented on my previous art posts, whether here on the blog or on Insta, thank you! I really appreciate your support and encouragement. I can’t wait to show you my assignments next semester!
I’m finding it a bit rough to keep up with the blog right now, but it doesn’t take away the fact that I love it. I’m grateful for all the beautiful people I’ve met on my blogging journey and hope that I’ll keep this going for years, even if it means I can only blog every other week. Initially, I had wanted to make this a full-time gig, but it seems that I’m heading a slightly different path right now, which is okay. I’m grateful for the blog, as it has served as a good creative outlet.
What are some things you are grateful for?